Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

We are off to Yarmouth today

Thursday, 26 June 2014

"I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders."

Jewish Proverb.

Crystal Pearl (Emilie)

It’s a bright day but the forecasters keep saying it is going to cloud over and get quite showery for the next few days. We have been out cantering on Long Hill polytrack this morning, which winds its way up for about 7f and is on the collar all the way. We then had a quiet walk back. Yesterdays Hatchfield opposition protest went off without a hitch. I hope it has made it into a few of the papers, other than just the local ones and the Racing Post. We are fully aware that Newmarket needs to keep growing, but there are plenty of brown field sites that could be used. To put a huge mass of houses where they propose would completely change the complexity of this town.

Astrocat (Sinead)

We have two runners today, both at Yarmouth. Hold Firm runs at 2.20 in the 6f two-year-old maiden. He will benefit greatly from today’s outing and will improve considerably for it. Swilken runs in the 4.50 and I don’t think he will run at all badly either. He has been a bit keen on both his outings so far, but I have applied a cross noseband to him today, which hopefully will do the trick.

Comrade Bond enjoying the grass

I see the Irish government have approved the collection of offshore betting tax. It will be interesting to see how this actually works in practice and whether our government can learn anything from their Irish equivalent.  There is so much betting now being done this way that, as I have said before, the betting shops on the high street are nearly redundant to horserace betting. They are just kept going by the machines.